Mobile learning devices at New Milford High School


Posted on 26th July 2011 by Judy Breck in Mobiles | Schools we now have

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USA Today spotlights the future of mobile learning devices at school for students of the 21st century. This blog is focused on the knowledge to be learned from individual student connection to the internet. What USA calls “social media” is leading the way at New Milford High School in New Jersey. However it happens, the arrival of connectivity for today’s kids is hugely good news. From the USA article:

The principal of New Milford (N.J.) High School has nearly 12,300 Twitter followers (his handle: @NMHS_Principal). He and his teachers use Facebook to communicate with students and parents, and students use it to plan events. In class, teachers routinely ask kids to power up their cellphones to respond to classroom polls and quizzes. Rather than ban cellphones, Sheninger calls them “mobile learning devices.”

He replaced the school’s “static, boring” website with what has become a heavily used Facebook page, and his teachers encourage students to research, write, edit, perform and publish their work online.

Sheninger is one of a growing number of educators who don’t just tolerate social networking in school — he encourages it, often for educational purposes. He says sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — long banned and roundly derided by many peers — actually push kids to do better work and pay attention to important issues such as audience, quality research and copyright laws. . . .

“The Internet as we know it is the 21st century,” he says. “It is what these students have known their whole lives. They’re connected, they’re creating, they’re discussing, they’re collaborating.” . . .